Pownal Elementary School

Welcome to the new school year!

If you need a copy of the 2014-15 school calendar, you can pick one up in the office or click on this link.

March 13th - Professional Learning Day for Teachers

The Production of "US Geography . . . An Extraterrestrial Safari"
Play practice is well underway and our actors are eagerly learning their parts. Please help them with their parts so they will be confortable for the big production night. Remember, Mondays and Wednesdays are rehearsal days but are only for specific "Groups" until it is time for "Full Cast" rehearsals. If you need another schedule for your child to be sure when their rehearsal days are, please call the office and we will send one home to you.

Calling All 4 Year Olds
Are you 4 years old now or turning 4 by October 15, 2015? (Or do you know someone who is?) If so, you can come to our Preschool program here at PES next year. Please have Mom or Dad call us and give us your information so we can get you registered and set up a meeting to meet you and show you our fantastic classroom teacher!

Congratulations to Ella S. in Grade 3!
Her essay entry for the 2015 Portland Flower Show Essay Contest has been awarded third place in the 6-9 year old category. She will be awarded her prize at the Opening Night Gala in March. Terrific job, Ella!!!

The Kitchen Needs Your Help!
We have been using bright blue plastic silverware for our lunches this year. There is a bucket that the children put used silverware into be washed and reused daily. We have noticed that the silverware is quickly disappearing and it is very costly to replace. Could you, as parent, please check lunchboxes daily to see if perhaps it is coming home? With lunchtime activities and chatting going on, it would be really easy for students to just pop the silverware that they may have used into their own lunchboxes and end up at home. If you have found any of our silverware, would you please send it back to school? Thanks for your help with this!

Story Time Suggestions for Parents
Want to spend time with your youngster, build his or her reading skills, and help him or her learn to love books? You can do all three when you read aloud to him or her. Here are some suggestions:

Read regularly - 10-15 minutes at bedtime
Take turns choosing books although old favorites are often wanted over and over
Let them participate - can be turning pages or even finishing sentences
Be playful - use different voices or change names of characters

Remember, you don't have to be an expert reader - your child will love it when you read aloud . . . just because it's YOU!


Grade 2 Swim Sessions
Grade 2 swim sessions begin on March 5th. Their schedule will be March 5, 12, 19, 26, and April 2nd. Please help your child remember their suit, towel, and cap (if necessary) to make this a fun experience.

IMPACT Meeting
IMPACT meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:00 PM in the library. Minutes can be found on the IMPACT link on the PES website.

Citrus Sale
Order forms will be due March 13 and the delivery of citrus should be delivered sometime the week of March 26th. Order forms will go out just before February vacation.

Volunteer Opportunities

PES Musical - FYI Mrs. Bois will be seeking volunteer support in the coming days to help prepare for the upcoming musical.

Share with a classroom opportunity: Do you or anyone you know have or would like to share their knowledge with students on why lichen, moss, bacteria, and/or algae may be growing on gravestones or can identify what the different growth organisms can tell us? Please contact Heather at impactpes@hotmail.com.

Become a Volunteer: Do you have any talents, hobbies, or special interests? We are looking for volunteers to share their special talents, hobbies, or interests with PES classrooms. Teachers are always looking for ways to enhance their curriculum. IMPACT will be linking these resources creating community partnerships in education. We have had over 30 PES families sign up to receive volunteer need notifications. You can send a message to Heather at impactpes@hotmail.com noting that you would like to join our Volunteer List.

CLYNK Bags, Box Tops, Amazon Smile, and Hannaford Dollars - What a difference your support has made! Your purchases from Amazon Smile gives IMPACT the opportunity to earn money to put toward extracurricular activities. Simply visit smile.amazon.com prior to placing your order and 0.05% of select purchases will be donated to IMPACT.